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Seiko ‘Mickey’ Soutter

Seiko ‘Mickey’ Soutter
December 14, 1933—September 24, 2018

Seiko ‘Mickey’ Soutter, 84 of Liberty, Missouri, passed from this life into eternal life on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 at Northcare Hospice House in North Kansas City, Missouri. She earned the nickname Mickey because she loved Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse when first coming to the United States.

Seiko Susaki was born in Hirado, Japan, the daughter of Isomitsu and Materino Susaki. Her family were very devout Catholics in Hirado, Japan. For a living, Isomitsu worked at finding water for wells using a dowsing/divining rod. Her father took much pride of owning two cows, one of which Seiko would take for walks.

Seiko came to the United States in 1956, the bride of a navy seaman, Jack R. Soutter, along with their baby girl. She spoke no English when coming to America. Once settled in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, she worked at a sewing factory and did seamstress work on the side. She then went to work at Whitaker Cables, forming cables until retirement. In 1974, Seiko was very proud to become a naturalized citizen. After the death of her husband, she came to Liberty, Missouri to live with her daughter.

Seiko is survived by her daughter: Kathy Soutter, of Liberty, Missouri; her son: Jack Soutter and daughter-in-law, Rhonda Soutter, also of Liberty; her pride and joy, twin grandsons: Kevin and Joey Soutter, both graduates of Kearney High School; two sisters-in-law: Betty Mills of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and Shirley Crabtree of Liberty, Missouri; also included are many nieces and nephews.

Visitation starts at 10 a.m. followed by memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Flack Memorial Church, 1300 Tracy Ave., Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, in Excelsior Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association at

Arrangements provided by Bross & Spidle Funeral Home.

By Standard Staff •

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One Response to Seiko ‘Mickey’ Soutter

  1. Karen Helge Dewey Reply

    October 3, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    My sympathies to all of you on Mickey’s passing. I remember that she was a wonderful lady. Kathy, hope to see you sometime.

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